August 8, 2018 City Council Highlights
In our ongoing commitment to keep citizens and media informed, we’ve summarized the outcomes of a few key agenda items from today’s Regular Meeting of the Reno City Council:
D.1 - Proclamation: Herbert J. Santos
Councilmember Bobzien read the proclamation honoring local boxing legend Herbert Santos for his influence in the sport. Santos presided over 700 fights, including 60 title matches.
D.2 - Proclamation: Don Richter and Secret Witness
Mayor Schieve and Vice Mayor Jardon honored Richter’s work to create and maintain the Secret Witness program. The community-driven program offers rewards to the public for anonymous tips to solve crimes across the Truckee Meadows. The program has helped solve more than 50 murders, and thousands of other crimes, all without the use of taxpayer money.
E.1 - Presentation: Reno Police Department Heroism & Life Saving Awards
Police Chief Soto honored Jaclyn Benvin, Kurt Grinstead and Evan Thomas for their lifesaving efforts at an incident at Wessex Circle and Coleman Drive on March 30, 2018.
E.2 - Presentation: Reno Housing Authority
Council heard a presentation from Brent Boynton with the Reno Housing Authority. Boynton explained the role of the federally-connected organization in helping more than 6,000 citizens in the region. Beyond vouchers or other assistance, the Authority also helps clients with workforce development, youth and senior programs.
G.1 - Smoking and Vaping in Parks
Council approved the ordinance to become smoke and vape free in parks. The ordinance hopes to change behavior through new signage and social pressure to not smoke in the parks. The city does not anticipate law enforcement will be actively patrolling parks looking for violation of the ordinance.
B.12 - Housing and Homelessness Review
Council approved an agreement with OrgCode Consulting to analyze the Reno market for challenges and opportunities with housing. Councilmembers praised the grant-funded review to help prioritize solutions to make Reno more affordable for all.
Council approved the introduction of ordinances designed to reduce illegal street racing on Reno streets. The amendments are meant to increase enforcement against unsafe speeds, spectating of races, and more safety measures.
Council heard a presentation from staff regarding improvements to ordinances for motels and long-term rentals in Reno. Council and staff have worked for multiple months to craft and refine the new requirements. The goal has been to balance extra costs for owners and renters while increasing safety and quality of life.